Inspired by Sean “Diddy” Combs’ successful “State Of Emergency: The State of Black America & Coronavirus” town hall, “REVOLT BLACK NEWS” is a platform that is designed to report news from the perspective of Black people for Black people.
Last night’s “REVOLT BLACK NEWS” episode “Pink Ribbons, Black Fists: Time For Action” shed a light on Democrat and Republican perspectives as we inch closer to the general election, which is less than two weeks away. Host and executive producer Eboni K. Williams was joined by Sleepy Brown, Phillana Williams, Danielle Young, Big Boi, Chris Prudhome, Lyndsey Christian, and Ashley Allison.
“Black should never be a death sentence. Black should always stand at the opportunity of empowerment,” Williams introduced the episode while discussing the health disparities amongst Black women when it comes to breast cancer. “Now, it’s time for action.”
For “a conversation on both sides of the aisle,” as Williams phrased it, Phillana and Allison were welcomed into the discussion. “Black women are the backbone of the Democratic party,” Allison said. When she first joined the Democratic presidential campaign, Allison initially questioned her visibility and if she, as a Black woman, would be heard. But, she later decided it was a “welcomed environment” to be her full self. She continued, “There are so many of us here in headquarters and across the state leading this effort making sure we get a victory in November.”
Eboni emphasized the importance of representation stating that “it’s hard to be what you don’t see” and “it’s not enough to just look the same.” Allison supported the Biden/Harris campaign by ensuring the representation is reflected in the policies for those seeking to go to college, middle class families who make under $400,000 per year, and first-time homebuyers in the Black community. “The most important thing about this administration when they are elected,” Allison said, “you can hold them accountable.”
Phillana chimed into the conversation about her experience working with other dynamic Black women and men a part of the Biden/Harris campaign. “We really don’t have the luxury as Black women of getting this wrong and I can see that on this campaign,” she said.
As she listed the harm that the Trump administration has done to Black women from women not being able to use health insurance for contraceptives and more, Phillana shed a light on the Black woman’s ability to make “the right decision, not only for ourselves and our families, but for Black people all around the country.”
Last night’s “Headlines” included Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Annie O’Connell’s announcement that an anonymous grand juror may speak publicly about Breonna Taylor’s case. “This is an incredibly important first step to that type of accountability,” Eboni said. Other topics of discussion included Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly’s denial that Breonna Taylor’s case was racially motivated, the introduction of the new “mute rule” in last night’s final debate, third-degree murder charges being dropped against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death, the “darkest of the pandemic” approaching in the next few months, and the interference of Iran and Russia in the 2020 election and voter registration information.
Prudhome joined in as a representative for the Republican party to break down Black support for Trump. Eboni posed the question of what the Republican party has done for the Black community that registered Black Democratic voters don’t see or understand to which Prudhome responded that the party has not “done the best job in marketing.” When Eboni clarified that the discussion was about politics and not marketing, he argued that the GOP “hasn’t done a good job at conveying a message [and] President Trump has.”
As a registered independent, Eboni said “our political best interest should be on the line on both sides of the political aisle.” While she admitted her opinion on the lack of maximization for Black people from the Democratic party, Eboni didn’t shy away from holding the Republican party accountable for not doing “much of anything” though there’s opportunity for the Black vote especially when it comes to Black conservative values.
“You’re absolutely right,” Prudhome agreed. “It’s very frustrating for me even being a Black conservative and prior to Trump. I obviously defend the party, but I also speak truth to what it is. I don’t make stuff up.” He added in his personal experience with a negative and “unnecessary” encounter with a white police officer in Washington, D.C. where he was held at gunpoint for not wearing a mask. “You’re a Black man in America. I would expect that, sadly,” Williams said to him.
Young came to discuss all things entertainment for this week’s “Black Excellence in Entertainment” segment. It kicked off with the topic of Amazon’s original limited series “The Underground Railroad” directed by Barry Jenkins, and the Netflix trailer release of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” starring the late Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis. As Young paid homage to Boseman and deemed his death as “a huge loss,” she positively turned the conversation around by expressing her joy to “still see his legacy even after we’ve lost him.”
Other topics of discussion included Will Packer’s partnership with iHeartMedia and Doghouse Pictures for a true-crime podcast series, Channing Dungey being named the next chairwoman of Warner Bros. Television Group, LeBron James starring in the long-awaited Space Jam sequel, and Michael B. Jordan producing the Static Shock movie for DC Comics.
Big Boi and Sleepy Brown’s “We The Ones (Organized Noize Remix)” was created to promote unity in the Black community and is “an uplifting record for our people who want to see a change,” Brown said about the collaboration, “we have to stop killing each other. We have to come together as a people and realize that we need each other. As soon as we do that, then things can change and if we don’t do that, things will always be the same.”
Big Boi zeroed in on the importance of community by encouraging viewers to support Black businesses “because the value of the Black dollar is powerful.” Through loving each other as human beings first and foremost, he added that with the upcoming election approaching, state and local elections are where the true values are held. “It’s where the community is based,” he said. “Go let your voice be heard and counted every time.”
Journalist and breast cancer survivor Christian engaged in a conversation about Black women for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “There are so many reasons and factors that contribute to the statistic that we as Black women are more vulnerable to this disease than that of our white counterparts,” Christian pointed out.
After being diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, Christian began to advocate for Black women taking the first step of early examination. With her “Surthriver” platform, Christian launched it as a “purposeful pivot” after having completed chemotherapy while aiming to inspire and inform other women. “I survived breast cancer and I am now thriving in what has been a life-changing journey,” she said.
“It’s important that we continue the conversation beyond the month of October,” she continued. “The more you know earlier, the better. Early detection saved my life.”
Eboni closed out last night’s episode with a reminder that Nov. 3 is the last day to vote, so early registration and voting is on us. “Don’t go by these headlines,” she said as she reminded viewers of the history of “packing the courts” as mentioned by the Republican party about the Democrats. “You have to go deep, go into the history books, go into what has happened in this country before. Sometimes that might not lead us anywhere, but in this case, it will likely lead us to the exact path we need to be on.”